As we celebrate the holidays and roast and toast; each in our own Covid bubbles this year, I am reminded of an old classic story that many of you will remember. If it’s new to you, I hope you enjoy it. I always love the sentiments and truths the story provides.
As the story goes;
One day after school a young girl noticed that her mom was cutting off the ends of a pot roast before putting it in the oven to cook for dinner. The young girl asked her mother, “Mom, why do you cut the ends off the pot roast?” Her mother replied, “Because grandma always did, but I’m not really sure, why don’t you ask her”. So the young girl called her grandmother on the phone and said, “Grandma why do you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it?” Her grandmother replied, “I don’t know, I did it because my mother did it. Sorry, I can’t help you, maybe your should call Great Grandma”. So, she called her great grandma in the nursing home and ask her and she said “well, when grandpa and I got married we had a very small oven and the pot roast wouldn’t fit in the oven so I had to cut it off“.
Finally, the mystery was solved. Often we do things on automatic piolet, never questioning where ideas and beliefs come from and continue on the same trajectory, even when they are obsolete.
The moral of the story might be a little different for each of us.
For me it reminds me that’s things aren’t always as they appear.
1. Let’s STOP BEFORE we believe things and examine if they are true for us or not.
2. Ask More Questions
3. Be Curious
4. Never Assume
How ever, you spend your holiday, enjoy it in your own unique way, ask questions, revist truths that have served you at one time but may not be appropriate anymore. Adjust where needed, keeping an open mind which allows for things to unfold.
Cheers while you Roast and Toast,
Thanks for the visit, liking (if you do), commenting and or sharing,
What an important story this is Cindy. 💕💕
Hahaha! What a lovely / funny story!!! It’s NEW to me <3
We all have these types of family anecdotes… and it's really fun when you realize it!
Oh I’m glad because it’s one we need to hear because it’s so relatable like you say in our own families!!! So happy you enjoyed it!💕
I am gonna share this story. True that sometimes we do things automated and we don’t why we do??? Loved the end points that you shared! Let’s examine and let’s never assume! Thank you for sharing this important post today. Love to you Cindy. ❤️❤️
So glad you liked it! I hear a lot of stories like we all do and this one always sticks front and center of my mind because of those lessons Preethes! Glad it spoke to you! Thanks so much1 💕 love back to you!❤️
wonderful post.I like the last line in your post i.e “Be open minded”.
Thanks so much Praakash!
So much appreciated! Thanks for visiting!💕
Yes, be open-minded. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas in your bubble 🙂
I learned of this years ago, when our whole IT team read, Robert J. Kriegel and Brandt’s book:
Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Ready People and Organizations. Excellent stuff!
The last line be open minded is so good in ever changing times. Let’s examine and never assume. Wonderful post Cindy!❤❤
Yes Nawaz… we really do need to stay mindful and once we do we can never go back! Hey we beat the boys.. we go
No back talk. Heeeeheee💕
The end parts of the roast are my favourite! A great reminder to question established wisdom 😊
Mine too! I agree. I can never hear this too
Many times! 💕
We should ASK rather than ASSUMING. Great message Cindy♥️
Yes so true!! Thanks a lot! Glad you liked the message! 💕
That’s such a funny story. I heard it told about cooking a ham. Either way, your point is well-made, never assume! I’m going to reblog this on my blog. Winter holidays are a great time to share traditions – even if only by zoom. 🙂
Reblogged this on Marsha Ingrao – Always Write and commented:
Cindy tells a funny story and draws some great lessons from it that you can apply if you are getting together with friends and family over the holidays – even by Zoom or drive-by. What funny stories, memories, or traditions tickle your funny bones today?
My favorite grandma like to control things in her little kitchen. Fortunately her mother had a sense of humor about it when Grandma grabbed the butter out of Great-grandma’s hands and wrangled a place for it in the stuffed refrigerator.
Great-grandma laughed her infectious laugh, and said, “I guess I don’t know how to put butter away properly.”
Mom and I stayed out of Grandma’s kitchen on holidays until given a simple/approved chore – something easier than putting away the butter.
Thanks so much Marsha!!
Yours is hysterical which make me think if a great one with my MIL.
These stories are the fabric that bind us as families, make us cringe, laugh, and fill of emotions. At the end there is love-:)💕❤️
Yes, they are funny. Can’t wait to hear your MIL story. 🙂
I know you’ll like it! Marsha! 💕
I’m sure I will. 🙂
I really loved the story Cindy. For me this was something related to an old story of my house too. Whenever we ate cucumbers my parents would cut the end of the cucumber and rub it with salt on the cut portion of the cucumber. They said that it makes the cucumber sweet and if there’s any sourness in it, it will go away. I asked them what was the logic behind it and they were clueless. Just as you said things might not look what they actually are and we sometimes might mistake them with something else. 😇
Thank you for sharing the story. 😇
I’m so glad Kumar and thanks for adding it it with your cucumber story. So what did you notice with the cucumber? Did it work for you or is it just in their imagination?
I always pour salt on the eggplant to get the bitterness out because I’ve been told to and I’m no scientist so I just do it because I hear it in every recipe by every chef. Now you have me thinking, You know all about us overthinkers. LOL!! ❤️
It was an imagination. A cucumber is sweet or sour naturally. Doesn’t matter what you rub on it. 😇
Haha. We all are
Hahaha got it!
And especially these days… we’re all a little sweet and sour-:) 😂🙌
A lot. 😅😅😝😝
Lovely homely tale why we do things without really knowing why. Have a great day.
Thanks Goff! So true right~! Thanks and you have a great one too! ❤️
This happens to us often. Without any reason, we blindly imitate or follow something.Some even consider it to be a tradition😊☺
Such a lovely and important post.Thanks for sharing❤
Soooo true right! Thanks for checjkig in .. you’re right about that. Thanks for reading and commenting and you are most welcome! ❤️
My most pleasure❤
❤️ Have a great day!
Thank you. Wish u too a great day ahead💖
💕🙌🙌🙌I’m on it! 🙏
Be open minded !!! Yeah true 💗💗
For sure Vani!!! Thanks for the visit and comment! ❤️
This is important. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Akshita!!! You’re welcome and thanks for reading !
In Zen and Tao it’s called great doubt. I see that, in part, as actually questioning the processes of doing anything. It’s amazing but the story applies to belief’s and language. So I ask, “Is this my belief or one I inherited?” Thanks for this. Take care of you.
Great wisdom in Zen and Tao and love the question always!
Thanks Bryan and you take care too! 💕
I just nominated you for the sunshine blogger award. Feel free to accept it 😊.
You are so kind!!! Thank you so much 😊 I’m gonna try to wrap up the year with them if I can… please know that and Amy but not sure I’ll get to it. I am honored! 💕
You’re welcome 💖. I’m glad I nominated you 🤗.
Cindy, wonderful story! Thanks for posting. I had not heard it before! My question is, What did the grandmas do with the ends of the roast, make soup? Feed the dog? 🙂 I am sure there are many practices handed down through the generations that go unquestioned. Time to start asking questions! All the best! <3
Oh so glad I shared it then Cheyrl!!! Now therein lies the question!!!! Hmmm I’m not a pot roast fan so mine would go to the dogs but yes; questions are good. Have a great day! 💕🥰
very important story
Soo funny .the version of the story I heard was why people cut the bacon strips in half was so it would fit in the frying pan 😂 excellent reminders of not assuming and always asking questions to make sure we have clarification.have a safe, happy day and stay well 💕
Wow, it sounds like there are lots of versions floating around. I wonder what would happen if we took the two hearts of the roast your bacon on the cucumbers and made something with them? And remembering not to assume until we trade it. If anyone could do it it would be you. Have a great day yourself and thanks for checking in❤️
I have been hoodwinked, run amok and flat out deceived 😒
Well what did you expect… it’s Covid 😂
cheer up, you can eat the ends of the pot roast!
Ahh such a heartwarming holiday thought Cindy..😍😍😍
Thanks Mich! ❤️🤗
I enjoyed the story – first time reading it. How true it is that we do things on remote. Agree that we need to ask questions and never assume. Thanks for posting.
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it and the message intended! Thanks for being here and sharing and have a great day! 💕
That was a profound story! We often forget why we do what we do😂, especially if it’s a family tradition. I loved the message too!✨
Here’s to hoping that the ‘covid’ bubble bursts soon!😂💕
Glad you liked it!!!! It’s so true, isn’t it?!!! Glad you found meaning in the message as well! Oh I like the sound of that!!
Aw amazing post as always, Cindy!
Great post mom! And some great take aways. I learned to take the keen wisdom of adults with a grain of salt early age – the day that the baby sitter ran straight into an oncoming semi truck heading up our street (we were only going 5-10 MPH luckily). It made me stop to think – maybe adults aren’t perfect either.
Thanks so much Garrett! It means so much to me that you read it. That story just terrifies me when I think back to this and shutter at the the thought thst something could have happened to you. What a valuable lesson to learn about adults early on so you could listen to your own internal gage which you do so well! No wonder “you are strong like bull”. Love you so much!
Oh how much I love your roast and toast Cindy, a wise moral of the story. We believe and follow blindly without even knowing the logic, outcome or even what we will go through pursuing that very idea. We just be a part of herd. Story seems funny and sweet but the thought it evokes is deep.
Thank you so much for sharing Cindy 😊🥰 hugs and love 🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️
So glad you like it Samreen! Yes, it is such a fun sweet story with such a lovely deep message, I agree. I’m realy glad I shared it as I had no idea how many people haddn’t heard it. We continue to =need reminders to listen deepply to our inner voice of truth. ❤️🤗🥰 xo Hugs and love back1 ❤️🤗❤️🤗
I did of course as I haven’t heard it before 😊 Certainly, we need reminders every now and then to realise where are we heading to. 💖 Have a wonderful rest of your day,🌹🌹🌹 it’s good night for me 😀😴
Take care 🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️😘😘
Oh that’s awesome because often we assume things. Good I didn’t in this case. I will Samreen and see you refreshed tomorrow. You sure go to bed late! ❤️ Cindy xoxoxo 🌷
Yes, assumptions should not be turned into beliefs😀 A very good morning to you (you must be sleeping i know) 🌞😘🥰❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗
What a great little story and lesson. This made me smile, Cindy. However you celebrate, I hope you have a happy healthy holiday with your loved ones. 🙂
So you liked it Diana! Smiling is good right now. Thanks you too. i’ll see you for awhile before that I think. ❤️❤️❤️
Lovely story and great lesson. 🌷
Thanks so much! So glad you liked it! ❤️
Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
Always ask questions!
Thanks Chuck! It feels noteworthy and I appreciate you sharing it! ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy
My Pleasure, Cindy!! 😘💕🌹✨
Always so much Appreciated Chuch!!! ❤️🌷
My Cheerleading pleasure!! xoxox 😘💕🌹😊✨
A great story! Things are not always as complicated as we sometimes make them.
wondered if you’d heard it before! thanks for visiting Dwight. so true!!!!
Yes, I always enjoy seeing it again!
I figured as much. I was surprised how few had seen it. I agree: I never tire of it!
Great story Cindy.
I knew you would like this one! ❤️
All of your posts dear, I love.
Woah! Thanks for sharing, I didn’t know this!
Why And Why can only help newer generation to relate.
I soooo much agree with you! Even the older ones so they don’t get stuck in their ways.. Thanks for checking in ❤️
Wow..lovely post. I love this very much.👌
Many things we continue to do without knowing the reasons as it became our customs.
Sooo good to see you. I knew you would. It reminded me of something you would write. You are so right about that! It’s always a delight to hear from you, thank you! How are you doing? ❤️Cindy
I am fine,thank you. How about you, Cindy?
So good to hear that! I’m doing well too, thank you! ❤️